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Gender and feminine identities – women as managers in a UK academic institution

Priola, Vincenza (2004). Gender and feminine identities – women as managers in a UK academic institution. Women in Management Review, 19(8) pp. 421–430.

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The paper considers gender identities in higher education. It examines how people involved in university life engage in (re)creating gender identities and in (re)producing gender-related expectations (and stereotypes) of managerial behaviour. The process of construction of feminine identities is explored through the discourses of academics from a UK university (mainly women who hold managerial positions). The paper reports findings from a series of in-depth interviews with women managers (dean, associate deans and heads of departments) and with university academics (men and women) from a Business School, part of a large British new university. The school was of special interest because women held the majority of senior managerial posts. It appears that the process of construction of femininities is mainly developed around four (stereo-)typical aspects generally associated with feminine management practices (multi-tasking, supporting and nurturing, people and communication skills, and team-work).

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 0964-9425
Keywords: gender; managers; educational development; higher education; United Kingdom
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 48213
Depositing User: Cinzia Priola
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 15:28
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 13:25
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